LESSON # 367
Arguments about Abraham, when the Torah and the Gospel were revealed after Him
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verses – 65 & 66 of 200, Section – 7 of 20, (Part – 3)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
65. O people of the Scripture! Why do ye argue about Abraham, when the Torah and the Gospel were not revealed till after him? Have ye then no sense?
66. Lo! ye are these who argue about that whereof ye have some knowledge: Why then argue ye concerning that whereof ye have no knowledge? And Allah knoweth, and ye know not.
65. Yaaa-’Ahlal-kitaabi lima tuhaaaj-juuna fiii ‘Ibraa-hiima wa maaa ‘unzilatit-Tawraatu wal-‘Injiilu ‘illaa mim- ba’-dih. Afalaa ta’-qiluun.
66. Haaa-‘antum haaa-‘ulaaa-‘i haajajtum fiimaa lakum- bihii ‘ilmun- falima tuhaaaj-juuna fii-maa laysa lakum- bihii ‘ilm. WAllaahu ya’-lamu wa ‘antum laa ta’-lamuun.
The Jews and the Christians (both) did claim that they were Muslims and they believed in Oneness of God. They were also claimant of the honor and respect of the Prophet and sincere friend of God, Abraham (peace be upon him). Each of them used to say: Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) was upon our religion. Which teachings and faith we have, that was same as of the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him). That is to say, as per their sayings; Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) was either a Jew or a Christian.
God Almighty responded their false beliefs, “As the Jews and the Christians believe in Torah and Gospel, these Scriptures were revealed hundreds of the years after the time of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him). Then; how can they say that Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) was either Jew or Christian? In fact, which type of Jews and Christians you are; in those meanings; even Prophet Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them) cannot be called either Jew or Christian, because you are not even completely on the real religion of those grandeur Messengers (peace be upon them). And if you mean that the Divine Law of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) was nearer to your religions, then; it is wrong also. How did you acquire this knowledge? Because, neither your books have any mention about it, nor God Almighty has informed you and nor you can produce any proof about it. If it is not a folly then what is this? – As your quarrel is in a matter, about which; you have no knowledge.
The things about which you had some knowledge, you quarreled because of them, that is to say; the incidents of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) or glad tidings in respect of the last Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him) etc. But; why do you shoot an arrow of conjecture about which you know nothing. Only God Almighty Knows that; which religion of the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) was, which Divine Law is nearer to that today and who is his real successor?